NASCAR announces May and June race dates
NASCAR has announced the next slate of races in its return to racing, featuring events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series and the ARCA Menards Series will all see action in the newly released schedule.
NASCAR had previously announced that Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway would host the first two weeks of racing following a two-month stoppage of action due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Like those two weekends of races, the newly announced dates will also be run without fans in attendance.
“As we prepare for our return to racing at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, the industry has been diligent in building the return-to-racing schedule,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “We are eager to expand our schedule while continuing to work closely with the local governments in each of the areas we will visit. We thank the many government officials for their guidance, as we share the same goal in our return – the safety for our competitors and the communities in which we race.”
Bristol Motor Speedway will be the next track on the schedule following Charlotte, hosting an Xfinity Series race on 30 May followed by the NASCAR Cup Series on 30 May. Atlanta Motor Speedway (6/7 June) will feature a race by each of the three national series, including a double-header on Saturday with the Xfinity Series and Gander Trucks.
Martinsville Speedway will then host a mid-week NASCAR Cup Series race under the lights on Wednesday, 10 June, three days after racing at Atlanta.
Homestead-Miami Speedway will be next on the list, hosting a NASCAR Cup Series night race on Sunday, 14 June, that will be preceded by an Xfinity Series race earlier in the day. That will be the second of two Xfinity Series races at Miami, which will also be part of a double-header with the Gander Trucks on Saturday, 13 June.
The announced slate will wrap up at Talladega Superspeedway, starting with an ARCA Menards Series and Xfinity Series double-header on Saturday, 20 June, and the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, 21 June.
In addition, NASCAR announced the postponement of events at Kansas Speedway (on 30/31 May); Michigan International Speedway (5-7 June), the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio (30 May) and the Gander Trucks Series race at Texas Motor Speedway previously scheduled for 5 June, as well as the cancellation of all NASCAR national series races and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Iowa Speedway for the 2020 season. The NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway scheduled for 13 June has been realigned to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, 14 June. Further Iowa Speedway realignment dates will be announced in the future.